Fingerprint Biometrics Arrives at Bottom of Smartphone Price Spectrum

ZTE is bringing fingerprint biometrics further down the price spectrum with its latest mobile device. As Mobile World Live reports, the company claims its new ZMax Pro will be “the first US carrier-supported phone under $100 that features a fingerprint sensor”.

Fingerprint Biometrics Arrives at Bottom of Smartphone Price Spectrum

Of course, by “under $100”, ZTE means “$99″—the price of the phone after a rebate offered through its exclusive seller, MetroPCS. But the Android device will be available without a contract once it goes on sale this August. And the ZMax Pro offers some pretty impressive specifications, given its low cost: a 6″ HD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, 32GB of storage, and a 13MP rear camera with a 5MP front-facing camera.

The rear-mounted fingerprint sensor may be the standout feature at this price, however, with ZTE helping to further a trend that has seen mobile biometrics proliferate from premium-model smartphones down the price spectrum, with fingerprint sensors expected to soon be more or less ubiquitous on mobile devices. As for the biometric technology’s providence, that isn’t yet clear; but given that FPC technology has been used in a number of ZTE devices already, including the recent ZTE V7 Max, it’s a likely supplier in this case.

Sources: Mobile World Live, CNET